UNCONDITIONAL LOVE | Rafal Lysak | Poland | 2018 | 40 min
A grandma and her gay grandson trying to find the way towards mutual acceptance and unconditional love in this very honest, personal story full of emotions and humour.
Is understanding between a deeply religious 80-year-old woman and her gay grandson possible? Are they able to overcome their beliefs in the name of love? A compelling documentary and intimate journey of the director Rafal, who was raised by his grandmother Teresa and treated her as a second mother. She has invested all her love and hope in him until he told her about his homosexuality. The news broke her heart. She sees no other way of life for the young man than marrying a woman. The best film in the Polish competition at the 58th Krakow Film Festival, premiered internationally at IDFA.
I CAN BARELY REMEMBER THAT DAY | Leon Lucev | Croatia | 2018 | 21 min
Renowned Croatian actor Leon Lucev has visited our festival several times and was always received with a huge appreciation for his acting performances. Now we’ll see him in another role - as a director. His debut premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. It won the Best Film Award at GoEast in Wiesbaden, and deals with family, pain and conflicting loyalties. Goran’s youngest daughter, Zoe, is celebrating her tenth birthday. While family and friends are gathering and the party is kicking off, Goran receives a phone call with unwelcome news. Knowing that it would ruin the planned celebration, he hides the truth from everyone. He tries, with success, to play the perfect host - but one person senses the powerful emotions that are on the verge of tearing him apart. The director shows the feelings that protagonist cannot pronounce through cinematography, the choice of his stylistic devices and the excellent acting performances, emphasized the GoEast jury.
90 SECONDS IN NORTH KOREA | Ranko Paukovic | Croatia, The Netherlands | 2018 | 15 min
The Croatian-Dutch director has created poetic snippets of North Korean everyday life, showing the side of the country never present in the news.
Every frame of this 15-minute journey through the streets and fields of North Korea transports the viewer into the shoes of an ordinary person living in the country. The director lets you glide along without imposing any moral judgements nor value statements. You can immerse in your own experience of people fixing a broken tractor by the road, while others are manually watering green public fields and adults dance and relax in nature. The slow-motion view greatly corresponds with the pace of life in a country far from the hectic western world.
Screening will be followed by Q&A withRanko Paukovic